FINANCIAL  SIGNS  OF  END  TIMES  #2


by Dr David Jeremiah

The Polarization of Wealth


In the sixth chapter of Revelation, the apostle John describes a future scene in heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ is unrolling the scroll that records the sequence of events that will transpire on the earth for the next seven years. As the scroll unrolls, successive seals are removed from it disclosing a series of judgments, each a more frightening horror than the one before. Ultimately, three series of seven judgments are revealed: the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven bowls. When the first seal is opened, John sees one of the infamous four horsemen of the Apocalypse—a rider on a white horse. This rider symbolizes the Antichrist in the early days of the Tribulation. 


(NO  IT  DOES  NOT!  THIS  IS  TIED IN  WITH  JESUS'  MAT. 24  PROPHECY.  THE  WHITE  HORSE  REPRESENTS  FALSE  CHRISTIAN  TEACHERS,  LEADING  UP  TO  THE  GREAT  TRIBULATION.  IT  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  DURING  THE  TRIBULATION  PER  SE  -  Keith Hunt)


The second seal is opened to reveal the rider on the red horse of bloodshed and war. Once again the scroll is unrolled, and the third seal is removed to reveal the third horseman of the Apocalypse. As this rider charges forth, John describes what he sees:


When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for. a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine." (Revelation 6:5-6)


The black horse is famine, and it follows the red horse because famine naturally follows war. This is the famine that Jesus predicted as part of the "beginning of sorrows" in Matthew 24:7-8: "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." 


(NOW  HERE  HE  HAS  IT  CORRECT;  ALL  BEFORE  THE  GREAT  TRIBULATION  -  Keith Hunt)


The "quart of wheat" John mentions in his vision was the least amount of food necessary to sustain one person on a daily basis. The denarius was a Roman coin that was equal to a worker's wage for one day. Before the famine of the Tribulation, it would have been possible to buy five or six quarts of wheat for a denarius. This passage tells us that in the early days of the Tribulation period, a man will have to work all day just to get enough food to feed himself. Obviously, one quart of wheat would not have filled the hungry stomachs of a man's family in John's time. The man would be forced to buy barley, a cheaper grain usually reserved for cattle. For one denarius he could buy three quarts of barley, but there would be no money left for oil or salt, much less for meat or milk. The application is clear: in the early Tribulation, people will have only the bare minimum required for subsistence living.


(NOT  SO!  DURING  THE  TRIBULATION  THE  BEAST  POWER  WILL  HAVE  BROUGHT  PEACE  AND  SAFETY,  AND  ALL  THAT  IS  GOOD.  PAUL  SHOWS  THEY  WILL  SAY  "PEACE,  SAFETY"  BEFORE  THE  DAY  OF  THE  LORD,  SEE  1  THES.  5:2-3.  BUT  MOST  LIKE  JEREMIAH  DO  NOT  UNDERSTAND  THE  SEQUENCE  OF  THE  TRIBULATION,  HEAVENLY  SIGNS,  AND  DAY  OF  THE  LORD  -  Keith Hunt)



As Schaefer noted forty years ago, the polarization' between wealth and poverty had begun, and it is getting much greater. The trend will grow even more until it reaches desperate levels in the end times. Mark Hitchcock writes:


During the coming Tribulation, the gulf between rich and poor will grow wider than ever before. Food will be so expensive that only the very wealthy will have enough. Famine will relentlessly hammer the middle class until the middle class disappears. The vast majority of people will wallow in misery, but the rich will continue to bask in the comfort of their luxurious lifestyle. The world will be radically divided among the elite "haves" and the mass of the "have-nots."... This will make the suffering of the have-nots even more unbearable as they watch the privileged few indulge themselves in the lap of luxury.28


(NOT  SO!  THE  BEAST  POWER  WILL  HAVE  BROUGHT  PROSPERITY,  PEACE,  AND  SAFETY,  TO  ALL  UNDER  ITS  POWER.  THEY  WILL  THINK  THEY  HAVE  THE  GOOD  LIFE,  THEN  THE  DAY  OF  THE  LORD  WILL  SMASH  THEM  IN  THE  HEAD  -  Keith Hunt)


Economic chaos always hits the poor and middle classes harder than the rich. Indeed, the superrich are rarely touched by it at all. If a billionaire's net worth falls by 50 percent, he is still worth $500 million .... Thus with each economic upheaval, the gap between rich and poor widens and will continue to do so until it reaches crisis proportions at the time of the Tribulation.


In late October 2009, the Pew Research Center reported that the leading story in the "news hole," or topics covered on television news, was the economy. More airtime was spent on economic news than on the rapidly spreading H1N1 flu and the panic over vaccine shortages. The ratio of time distribution between the economy and the swine flu was about 4 to 1. More airtime was spent on the economy than on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or anything else .... In particular, as summed up by CBS's Chip Reid, "For the titans of Wall Street, it's like the recession never happened. Less than a year after the big banks helped cause the financial meltdown, they're on track to pay out a record of $140 billion in bonuses this year"29. In 2006, the United Nations published the results of the first comprehensive study of the distribution of wealth among the households of the world. They defined wealth as the measure of income, assets, debts, land, and other tangible assets. Data was gathered from more than thirty-eight countries.30 The report showed the following: More than 33 percent of the world's wealthy live in North America; 27 percent live in Japan; 6 percent in the UK; 5 percent in France; and half the world's adult population own barely 1 percent of global wealth.31 The United States of America, Canada, and Mexico possess 33 percent of the world's wealth. By far most of this wealth is concentrated in the United States, though the U.S. is far from the world's most populous nation. According to the Worldwide Distribution of Household Wealth, issued in December 2006 (the first wealth survey in history), the rich have become richer. The top 2% and 1% of the world's population is estimated to own 51% and 40% of world household wealth, respectively. Very likely, the world today has a much more unbalanced wealth skew—-the rich being richer, and the non-rich relatively poorer—than ever before in history."32


(TRUE  STATS  SHOW  THE  GAP  BETWEEN  THE  VERY  RICH  AND  ALL  OTHERS  WIDENING  -  Keith Hunt)


When the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the result is what is called the "middle-class squeeze." The major cause of this squeeze is wages not keeping pace with inflation, causing income to decrease in buying power and thus forcing middle-class earners down into poorer categories. The world economy is setting itself up for years of increased inflation due to the massive amounts of newly printed dollars created primarily by the U.S. stimulus efforts. As billions of printed dollars are injected into the economy, the result is a decrease in the value of each dollar, which is the same as an increase in prices. Increased prices reduce the buying power of earned dollars, forcing people to lower their living standards or even do without vital necessities. We have seen this growing phenomenon in the number of families who no longer have health care, in the emergence of tent cities in major metro areas, and in formerly middle-class families now depending on food banks. These developments may be the result of a temporary economic crisis and not necessarily a permanent condition. But if inflation moves to hyperinflation, the ability of formerly middle-class people to regain their position will be seriously hindered. By the time of the Tribulation, the gap between the rich and the poor will widen into a chasm, and the middle class will disappear altogether.


(NO  IT  WILL  NOT  HAPPEN  THAT  WAY,  A  MIDDLE  CLASS  WILL  ALWAYS  BE  WITH  US  TO  THE  TIME  OF  THE  GREAT  TRIBULATION  -  Keith Hunt)


The Priority of Oil


Although I devoted an entire chapter to the topic of oil and to the related Battle of Gog and Magog by the new axis of evil in an earlier book, I must revisit this subject here because it is one of the major financial signs pointing us toward the Tribulation. To show how this subject relates to the coming end times, we will turn to the words of the prophet Ezekiel:


Thus says the Lord God: "On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an. evil plan: You will say, T will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates-—-to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land." (Eze-kiel 38:10-12)


We know from the earlier part of Ezekiel 38 that this prophecy concerns the war of Gog and Magog against Israel. Some think this war might take place before the Rapture. I believe it will take place right after the Rapture, in the early days of the Tribulation. Either way, we should give some primacy to understanding this war, for if we believe that Jesus could come in our lifetime, that means the war could well take place within the next five years.


(HERE  WE  GO  AGAIN  WITH  EZEKIEL  38  AND  39  AND  THE  VERY  WRONG  TEACHING  OF  IT  BY  THE  FUNDAMENTAL  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS.  SAID  IT  MANY  TIMES,  WILL  SAY  IT  AGAIN:  THESE  TWO  CHAPTERS  ARE  FOR  AFTER  JESUS  HAS  RETURNED.  THERE  IS  ABSOLUTELY  NO  WAY  THE  JEWS  IN  THE  HOLY  LAND,  ARE  GOING  TO  TAKE  DOWN  THEIR  WALLS,  BARS,  DEFENCE  SYSTEMS,  AND  BE  UN-PROTECTED  AS  THE  VERSES  IN  CHAPTER  38  GIVE  US  -  Keith Hunt)


Ezekiel tells us that the Gog-Magog assault against Israel is the result of an evil thought that is put into the mind of the leader of a coalition army made up of many nations. These nations come against Israel intending to wipe her from the face of the earth. No one stands with Israel against the armies of Gog and Magog but the God of heaven.


Where is the United States at this moment? Why are we not pictured as standing with our perennial ally Israel? The desertion of Israel by the United States was once deemed unthinkable, but no longer. Increasingly, our nation is catering to the oil-producing nations whose product gives them an inordinate hold over our contemporary lifestyle. These nations have an expressed hatred for Israel.


(ARE  YOU  SEEING  HOW  OUT  OF  STEP  ALL  THIS  IS.  FIRST  THE  PROPHECY  IS  NOT  FOR  THIS  AGE;  SECOND,  THE  EMPHASIS  IS  ON  OIL  AND  OUR  .....  MUST  HAVE  OIL  FROM  THE  ARABS  ETC.  SO  WILL  DO  ANYTHING  TO  MAKE  SURE  WE  GET  IT.  NOW  AT  THE  END  OF  2014  THE  USA  IS  SELF-SUFFICIENT  IN  OIL  AND NATURAL  GAS.  THE  USA  DOES  NOT  NEED  ONE  DROP  OF  OIL  FROM  THE  MIDDLE  EAST!  CANADA  HAS  ENOUGH  OIL  IN  THE  ALBERTA  AND  SASKATCHEWAN  TAR-SANDS  OIL  FIELDS,  TO  LAST  NORTH  AMERICA  FOR  100  YEARS.  DAVID  JEREMIAH  IS  SO  FAR  OUT  WITH  THESE  COMMENTS  IN  HIS  2010  BOOK,  IT  IS  QUITE  SHOCKING  AND  LAUGHABLE  TO  SAY  THE  LEAST;  AND  PRETTY  DUMB  AND  DUMBER  TO  PUT  IT  FRANKLY  -  Keith Hunt)


As if to prove my point, in words not even used when speaking of proven enemies like Iran and North Korea, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with the apparent sanction of the administration, referred to Israel's proposal to build housing in its own capital city as "an insult to the United States."33 The Anti-Defamation League's president, Abraham Foxman, observed, "We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States."34


While Clinton later offered reassurances that our bond with Israel is "unshakeable" and that our commitment to Israel's security is "absolute," there is no denying that there is a rending of that bond on the part of the United States.35

A further indication of this rift became acutely apparent with the unprecedented White House snubbing of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a March 2010 visit to the United States. The president, angry over his failure to convince the prime minister to abandon the Jerusalem housing plan, chose not to dine with him and refused him the press briefing that normally accompanies visits by heads of state. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, "The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated, and altogether weaker than when he came."36


(WELL  WHAT  HAPPENED  IN  2010  SURE  AIN'T  WHAT'S  HAPPENING  NOW.  THE  USA,  BRITAIN,  CANADA,  IS  STILL  ONSIDE  WITH  THE  STATE  OF  ISRAEL;  AND  THE  STATE  OF  ISRAEL  WILL  DO  WHAT  IT  WILL  DO,  WHEN  IT  WILL  DO  IT,  NO  MATTER  WHO  THINK  WHAT  ABOUT  THEM..... AGAIN  MORE  HYPE  BY  JEREMIAH  TO  TRY  AND  PROVE  HIS  POINT,  ON  A  PROPHECY  NOW  BLOWN  TO  BITS  AS  I  WRITE  IN  NOVEMBER  2014  -  Keith Hunt)


If Israel's friends treat her in this way, it is no surprise that the evil thoughts of her enemies will one day draw them into war against her. What could produce thoughts evil enough for nations to amass armies against this tiny nation? Well, what does the Middle East have that the whole world needs? I think you know the answer: oil.


(ARE  YOU  LAUGHING  YET?  YOU  SHOULD  BE!  THE  WHOLE  WORLD  DOES  NOT  NEED  MIDDLE-EAST  OIL.  EUROPE  GETS  MOST  OF  ITS  OIL  FROM  RUSSIA,  AS  THE  RECENT  UKRAINE  TROUBLE  HAS  BROUGHT  OUT.  THE  USA  AND  CANADA  ARE  SELF-SUFFICIENT  IN  OIL.  THE  WHOLE  THOUGHT  OF  JEREMIAH  ARE  WAY  WAY  OUT  OF  DATE  AND  OFF  THE  MARK  -  Keith Hunt)


It is likely that oil is the "plunder and booty" spoken of in the Ezekiel passage above. The Middle East has rich deposits of oil because it was once an area rich with more lushness than any other place on the planet. The Garden of Eden was in the Middle East. If, as most scientists believe, oil is formed primarily from the decomposition of animal and vegetable matter, then this is the area where we might expect the greatest oil deposits. 


(DOES  NOT  MATTER;  EUROPE,  USA,  CANADA,  IS  NO  LONGER  DEPENDANT  ON  MIDDLE-EAST  OIL.  AND  WHAT  IS  MORE  AS  WE  APPROACH  2015,  THE  USA  AND  CHINA  AND  OTHERS  HAVE  PARTNERED  TO  REDUCE  EMISSIONS  FROM  THE  USE  OF  OIL;  A  MOVE  TO  CLEANER  ENERGY  AND  WAY  FROM  OIL  USE  -  Keith Hunt)


This chart also reveals another statistic about the world's oil reserves—one that is a cause for serious concern: the majority of the reserves are held by Islamic nations. Almost 60 percent of all the oil in the world's top oil-producing nations is in reserve under nations that hate Israel and America. The increasing demand for oil in the world will give these hostile nations increasing leverage and power as oil-guzzling nations such as the U.S. become more and more careful about keeping relationships with these nations intact.


(UTTER  GARBAGE  NOW  AS  4  YEARS  HAS  PROVED.  WE  IN  THE  WEST  DO  NOT  NEED  ARAB  OIL.  WE  DO  NOT  NEED  TO  LICK  ARAB  BOOTS,  AND  COZY  UP  TO  THEM  -  Keith Hunt)


But the question arises, why would these nations want to attack Israel? I learned the probable answer when I met recently with the president of the Zion Oil and Gas company. He told me that his company has been granted licenses by the Israeli government to drill for oil in Israel. While the going has been tough and the cost high, don't be surprised if you hear in the near future that the nation of Israel has discovered oil in her own land. What could this mean in terms of end-time prophecies?


The present oil-rich nations desire to destroy Israel, and they have already tried it twice in modern history. Only Israel's superior military capacity, achieved through armaments and aid from the United States, has enabled Israel to repel attacks from these hostile nations. Consider what might happen as the U.S. grows increasingly dependent on Middle East oil and if Israel does discover massive deposits of oil on her land. Would not Israel's enemies jump on her for the "plunder and booty" of this newfound wealth, knowing that this time the U.S. would not come to her aid because of its utter dependence on their oil?


( ALL  OUT  OF  DATE  AND  UTTER  NONSENSE.  THE  PROPHECY  OF  EZEKIEL  38  AND  39  IS  NOT  FOR  THIS  AGE.  THE  WEST,  ESPECIALLY  THE  USA  DOES  NOT  NEED  ARAB  OIL.  NEITHER  DOES  RUSSIA,  THEY  SEND  OIL  TO  EUROPE.  THE  OIL  PROPHECY  BY  FUNDAMENTAL  PROPHETS  IS  SO  OFF  THE  WALL  AND  OUT  OF  DATE,  IT  SHOULD  HAVE  THEM  ALL  WITH  RED  FACES  OF  EMBARRASSMENT,  BESIDES  EGG  ALL  OVER  THEM  -  Keith Hunt)


Even if Israel does not discover oil, would not the oil-rich nations that hate her use their oil as leverage to force Israel's oil-hungry allies such as the U.S. to step back as attempts are undertaken to annihilate their historical enemy? Either way, we can see why end-time prophecies predict a massive gathering of armies against Israel in the Middle East.


(NO  IT  WILL  NEVER  HAPPEN;  JEREMIAH  AND  OTHERS  ARE  GRASPING  AT  EMPTY  AIR;  THEY  HAVE  PLANET  PLUTO  IDEAS  THAT  ARE  TRULY SPACED  OUT  -  Keith Hunt)


In Ezekiel 38:4 God tells these nations gathering against Israel with their evil plan that He will "turn you around [and] put hooks into your jaws." I believe that oil is the hook in the jaw. Since these nations are intent on their evil plan, God will allow their lust for wealth to lead them to their own destruction. It will be hunger for oil that will gather these nations to war against Israel. Ezekiel is pointedly clear about the motivation in the hearts of those who go up to the unwalled villages of Israel: "I will go up against a land of unwalled villages.. .to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land" (Ezekiel 38:11-12).


(DAVID  JEREMIAH'S  IDEAS  ABOUT  OIL  AND  EZEKIEL  38  ARE  SO  FAR  OUT  IN  LEFT  FIELD,  THEY  ARE  OVER  THE  WALLS  OF  THE  BASEBALL  STADIUM  -  Keith Hunt)


As author and speaker Terry James concludes. "How much of a stretch is it then to believe that the forces of Gog-Magog would one day consider this region a chief target for invasion? And carrying this logic to its biblically prophetic conclusion, is it any wonder that Armageddon, involving most every nation on earth, will take place in this very region to do battle for the great spoil—the liquid black gold—beneath the sand of the Middle East?"37


(ONCE  MORE  UTTERLY  FALSE  IDEAS  AND  UNDERSTANDING  OF  END  TIME  BIBLE  PROPHECY;  THEY  ARE  TRULY  PROTESTANT  HYPE  DUNCES  -  Keith Hunt)

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